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    Friendship Airfield (Friendship Field Airport, Carman Airfield) British Columbia Canada
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Fletcher 1969
Location
Lat 49° 29' 29N Long 98° 1' 7W  Friendship Airfield is located at an elevation of 882' above sea level to the west of Carmen in Manitoba Province in Canada. Also known as Friendship Field Airport or Carman Airfield. To the south is Carman South Airport or Carman (South) Airport.

Construction
Friendship Airfield is a private airfield built by Robert Diemert in the 1960s. The single runway is oriented 17-35 and measures 2,300' x 130' surfaced with grass. He built a restoration shop near the runway.

Restorations
During the late 1960s, Robert Diemert restored several World War II aircraft at this location. During the late 1960s he restored Hurricane 5377.

Between 1969 until 1985 he he restored and performed flight tests on Japanese aircraft he salvaged.

On November 22, 1969 D3A2 Val 3178 that made an unregistered first flight on November 22, 1969 and was flown to RCAF Station Macdonald to avoid Transport Canada officers and later flown to Ottawa Airport and delivered to the Canadian National Aviation Museum (CNAM).

In 1973, A6M2 Zero 5450 took off on a test flight but crashed due to a landing gear failure. Afterwards, between 1973–1977 this Zero was static restored and sold to the U. S. Marine Corps Museum (USMC Museum).

Between 1973–1985 he restored A6M2 Zero 5356 at this location and sold it to the Confederate Air Force (CAF).

Today
Friendship Airfield is still in use as a private airfield owned and operated by Robert Diemert.

References
Winnipeg Free Press "D. O. T. Edict Fails To Halt Val Divebomber Test Flight" November 24, 1969 page 1
"A bulky parachute strapped low, Bob Diemert grabbed a hand-hold on his gull-grey Val divebomber Saturday and hauled himself up on the wing. Taking any passengers? “No, I can't. This is a test flight. The department of transport wouldn't he chuckled. "Mind you, on this flight it probably wouldn't matter anyway just give D.O.T. something else to scream about." Eight minutes later, the Japanese bomber the only one in the world today swept into the chilly air above a grass airfield outside Carman. The restored relic, which had not flown since the Second World War, left behind a cheering crowd of spectators, a frustrated D.O.T. official and another entry in the log of Bob Diemert, a Don Quixote of historical aviation."
The Defender (1988) includes sequences at this airfield
COPA - PPR Carman / Friendship Field via Wayback Machine March 3, 2016
Winnipeg Free Press "Tweaking the WIGs: Carman team among developers of advanced aircraft" May 8, 2015

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June 5, 2020

 

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